Leave Your Home in Great Shape
The worst thing you can do as a traveler is to leave your home in disarray before a trip. When you come back from a trip, you’ll want to come back to a clean home. According to House Method, leave your air conditioning on a higher temperature while you travel in the summer so air circulates around while you are gone. Put away any clothes you’re not packing so you will have space to unpack dirty laundry when you return. Also, take a few minutes to clean out your refrigerator for expired food before you leave on your trip. This will prevent you from coming back to some unpleasant smells in the kitchen.
Take Care of the Little Things
You don’t want your trip to make your life more complicated when you return home. Make sure any upcoming bills are paid early or set to auto pay to keep your electricity and internet service connected while you are away. Other important tips for international travel are to confirm with your bank and phone carrier that you will have uninterrupted service and access to your account while you’re away. Ask the post office to hold your mail, or ask a neighbor to retrieve the mail during your trip.
If you have pets and plants, consider getting a pet sitter or friend to come over and check on them while you’re gone. You can always board your pet while you’re away or find someone who wouldn’t mind taking in your pet for a few days.
Decide Which Type of Trip Suits You
According to Lonely Planet, “solo female travel” was searched over 100 million times in 2017. The top three destinations for this search have led women to travel in Japan, France, and Spain. If you don’t enjoy being alone in cafés and museums, you may want to consider booking a solo cruise. The benefit to spending time on a boat is that you don’t have to be alone. You’ll meet the same people over and over at dinners, shows, and on the pool deck.
Cruises will also set up events and excursions for you and remove some of the stress of trying to figure out how to get from one point to another. Fodor’s Travel suggests making friends as you go about your travels; they could become future travelling companions.
Research Your Location
As a solo traveler, you’ll want to get some knowledge on the area you’ll be visiting. Look up the cities you’ll be traveling in and get an idea if there are any areas of the city that are less tourist-friendly. For any foreign location, make sure to write down information for the nearest embassy and carry it with your passport. Leave a photocopy of your passport and a list of places you’ll be staying with someone back home so you can be contacted in an emergency.
Live Like a Local
For solo travelers, figuring out lodging can be a challenge. If you’re not interested in staying in a hostel, consider checking into a local home or apartment rental for your stay. Your host can be a great resource for things to do in the neighborhood. Online travel groups and review websites are also a great resource to get recommendations and feedback from travelers who have been to your location.
Site updated on 7. September 2019